The PhD program in Organization Studies (ORGS) is designed to train students for careers in scholarly research. A major strength of the program is its emphasis on both qualitative and quantitative approaches in research, encouraging multiple perspectives.
Two distinguishing features of the doctoral program in Organization Studies are its broad interdisciplinary training and its flexibility. Students are able to shape the training around their own research interests once they have completed the core requirements, and are encouraged to undertake interdisciplinary research drawing on the faculty resources within the Schulich School and the broader York community.
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Graduates typically pursue careers in academic or research institutions. Both current PhD students and graduates of the program are currently making research contributions in diverse areas such as business ethics, technology, team dynamics, sustainability and non-profit organizations.
Placement of Recent Graduates
Sean Buchanan University of Manitoba Madeline Toubiana University of Alberta Luciana Turchick Hakak University of Fraser Valley Golchehreh Sohrab University of Ontario Institute of Technology Kevin McKague Cape University, Shannon School of Business Ajnesh Prasad University of New South Wales, Australian School of Business Wesley Helms Brock University
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The PhD program in Organization Studies is an individualized, research oriented program of study that requires the student to complete core and elective courses in Organizational Behavior and Theory, research methods, and a minor discipline of the candidate’s choice. The program consists of four stages in sequence: coursework, comprehensive examinations, dissertation proposal, and dissertation defense.
- DCAD 7100 3.00 LOGICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
- ORGS 7020 3.00 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ORGANIZATION THEORY
- DCAD 7400 3.00 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
- DCAD 7600 1.50 GRADUATE COLLOQUIUM IN MANAGEMENT
- DCAD 7900 3.00 SELECTED PROBLEMS IN ADMINISTRATION
Year 2: Fall Term
- ORGS 7050 3.00 MESO ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
- DCAD 7550 1.50 STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING
- DCAD 7610 1.50 GRADUATE COLLOQUIUM IN MANAGEMENT
*Note: Meso Organizational Behaviour is strongly recommended as an elective which may be considered towards a student’s minor or major area or study; however, students can make a case for exemption from this course based on their unique interests and program requirements.
Minor courses are graduate-level courses in the student’s minor discipline, approved by the PhD coordinator.
Year 2: Winter Term
ORGS elective courses consist of an independent course of study designed to meet the individual interests of the student, supervised by a faculty member in the area. Students may opt to take SB/PLCY 7020 3.00 Strategic Management Seminar II as one of their ORGS electives. Students are advised to research courses in other Faculties and Universities.
Minor Courses (see above)
Students will be required to take a comprehensive exam by the fall of their third year in the program, following completion of their course requirements. Students will schedule this either in June at the completion of their second year or in October at the start of their third year. The comprehensive exam is a written exam consisting of two parts. Part I tests students’ knowledge of theory, ability to conceptualize and ability to extend or offer novel insights into current theory. Part II is a research methods exam.
Dissertation Proposal and Defense
After completion of their comprehensive exams, students are required to have a supervisor recommended to the PhD Program Director for approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies no later than the end of their 5th term of study (Students will not be able to register in the 7th term of study unless a supervisor has been approved). A Supervisory Committee must be recommended by the PhD Program Director to the Dean of Graduate Studies no later than the end of the 8th term of study (Students will not be able to register in the 10th term of study unless a Supervisory Committee has been approved).
A formal proposal that outlines their topic and research plan must be written. The dissertation is produced under the guidance of the Dissertation Supervisory Committee, and examined by the Dissertation Examining Committee, under guidelines established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
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The following faculty are accredited by the Schulich School of Business and the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the supervision of doctoral students:
Selected faculty members
Associate Professor of Organization Studies and Industrial RelationsView profile
Professor Emeritus of Organization Studies; Distinguished Research Professor (York)View profile
Professor and Henry J. Knowles Chair in Organizational StrategyView profile
Professor Emeritus of Organization StudiesView profile
Associate Professor of Organization Studies; Director, Master of ManagementView profile
Associate Professor in Organization Studies and Business Sustainability; Director, BBA/iBBA ProgramsView profile
Professor of Organization Studies; Director, Schulich Centre for Teaching ExcellenceView profile
Professor Emeritus of Organization StudiesView profile
Associate Professor of International Business and Organization Studies; Executive Director Centre for Global Enterprise; Export Development Canada Professorship in International BusinessView profile
Associate Professor of Organization Studies; Area Coordinator, Organization StudiesView profile